Examining the Relationship between Self-Esteem and Negative Judgments toward Feminists


Emily Kattau

Date of Award


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Archival Copy

First Advisor

Phoebe Lin


The current study examined the relationship between self-esteem and positive or negative reactions toward feminists. In order to examine this relationship 102 participants read one of two descriptions about a college student named Tori. One description described Tori as a feminist while the other described Tori as an anti-feminist. Participants then completed a Likert scale that had different statements about Tori assessing endorsement of positive and negative traits. Participants were also asked to fill out scales assessing self-esteem and narcissism. The significant findings of this study revealed that perceptions and stereotypes toward feminists may be changing. Participants responded more positively toward feminist Tori than they did toward anti-feminist Tori. This study can help lead to a better understanding of how to raise acceptance for feminism.

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